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  • Spotlight on Youth: We the People | Local News - Anchorage
    In this video story (preceded by a 15-second commercial) KTUU reports on the fine work of Begich Middle School students who are preparing for the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program competition. The reporter notes that "They may not be able to vote yet, but that's not stopping Begich Middle School students from engaging in the civic process."

  • Trumbull High School’s We the People Team represents - Education Matters
    After winning the state competition in December, Trumbull High School’s We the People team won the Northeast Regional Award last weekend at the Citizen and the Constitutional National Finals Hearings held at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. That places the team in the Top 15 schools in the country. About 1,300 high school students from across the country take part in the academic competition, which tests students’ knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The competition takes the form of simulated congressional hearings, where students serve as “experts” on one of the six units of the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution text. The 22 students who make up the team are members of Katie Boland’s Advanced Placement/Early College Experience American Government class.

  • Maggie Walker is powerhouse of civics contest, but Freeman is nipping at its heels - Education
    Perennial championship contender Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and up-and-coming Douglas S. Freeman High School finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in a massive national civics competition this week. The students spent hundreds of hours preparing for the We the People competition, which judged civics classes from across the nation on prepared remarks and question-and-answer sessions on subjects ranging from the Dred Scott case to the Magna Carta. The key to success, according to Freeman student Carson Whitehurst? “Read a lot. Specifically, the Constitution, court cases, the Federalist and anti-Federalist papers and anything we could find from scholars related to our question,” said Whitehurst, who is 18. Teacher Sam Ulmschneider said the program creates civic literacy and political engagement among students. He thinks it does more than academic Advanced Placement government classes. “It is more sophisticated and more intellectually rewarding in every way than those programs."

  • Civil Education: A Balm for Our Increasingly Polarized Society? Education Week
    Gary Marx, president of the Center for Public Outreach, decries the polarization in our society and promotes civic education as a way to address this. He notes that "The Center for Civic Education urges all of us to aim for a civic temperament. That might just be the answer to what has too often become a polarized, gridlocked society."

  • Rachel Carson Middle School Wins ‘We The People’ Nationals
    On April 20, Cynthia Burgett’s Civics class at Rachel Carson Middle School was crowned the national champions at the 3rd annual We the People National Invitational event. The qualifying rounds of the nationals took place at George Mason University, where the Rachel Carson kids were up against other teams from around the country, including the junior high group from Indiana who had taken the top honors for the last two years. THE COMPETITION, part of the outreach efforts of the California-based nonprofit Center for Civic Education, requires serious commitment from the students and their teacher. Formatted to simulate congressional hearings, the competition divides the students into 6 groups based on the 6 units of the textbook “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” where they act as constitutional experts “testifying” before a panel. “It was pretty intense,” acknowledged Maggie Sparling, whose team was tasked with the unit covering the Bill of Rights.

  • PodOmatic Podcast on the We the People Program
    At 41:03 of the Konstitutional Kidz podcast Stewart Harris interviews Virginia We the People state coordinator Emily Voss and Jack Lohman, a high school student, on the We the People program.

  • Amador Finishes in Top 10 in We the People - The Independent: News
    Amador Valley High School finished sixth in the national We the People competition in Washington D.C. Winners among the top 10 were announced at a closing banquet in Washington on April 27. Stacey Sklar, Amador teacher who is in her first year of coaching the team, told The Independent, "The team did a terrific job. I couldn't be prouder of the students and their hard work." Sabari Somanathan, a member of the team's unit 5, said, "I'm so thankful to have had such an amazing opportunity and experience." The trip's expenditures were made possible through donations from the community and fund-raising by the team. "With much generous community support our team was able to reach its goal," said Sklar. In the competition, students demonstrate their knowledge of constitutional issues before simulated congressional committees composed of constitutional scholars, lawyers, historians and public officials. Students complete a comprehensive course of study on the Constitution to qualify.

  • Classes to Compete in the Project Citizen Competition in Madison
    The Fit to Function Project Citizen group will join the Water is Life group at this Saturday's State Project Citizen Competition in Madison. The winning New Holstein Middle School teams were announced last Friday afternoon at an all-school assembly also attended by other spectators including the state coordinators of Project Citizen. Although Save Deer and Attack CWD and The Moo Holstein Way teams did not get selected to go to State, seventh grade teacher Heather Tomchek said they also did an excellent job on their presentations. Project Citizen allows students to identify issues and then discuss and prepare creative and realistic ways to address those issues.

  • THS We The People Takes Fourth Place in the Nation! - VOICE of the Valley Online News: News
    Congratulations to Tahoma High School - 'We The People' who took 4th place in the Nation. We are all so proud of you!

  • Citizenship Education to Prevent School Violence
    The Moroccan Center for Civic Education and its partners in Tunisia and Egypt launched a new project to address violence through school-based civic education.